Intellectual Property

  • December 21, 2005

    Mylan's Levaquin Appeal Shot Down By Federal Circuit

    In a victory for Johnson & Johnson, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling preventing drug maker Mylan Laboratories Inc. from duplicating its lucrative anti-infective drug Levaquin.

  • December 21, 2005

    Tiny Biotech Company Wins $48M Trade Secret Award

    After a six-year feud over a potential blockbuster drug, a small family-owned pharmaceutical company has been awarded $48 million from a biotechnology firm accused of illegally licensing its patents.

  • December 20, 2005

    Honeywell, Citizen In LCD Patent Row

    Electronics maker Honeywell International has filed another suit in its quest to protect its intellectual property covering LCD technology, this time targeting Citizen Watch Co.

  • December 20, 2005

    Mylan, J&J In Authorized Generics Deal Over Ditropan XL

    Generic drug maker Mylan Laboratories and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Alza have entered into an agreement over the rights to market a generic version of overactive bladder treatment Ditropan XL, adding more fuel to the fiery debate over authorized generics.

  • December 20, 2005

    Andrx, Glaxo In New Row Over Wellbutrin

    Extending the drawn-out legal row over generic Wellbutrin, a subsidiary of Andrx Pharmaceuticals LLC has sued British rival GlaxoSmithKline PLC, alleging the company’s current formula for the antidepressant infringes Andrx’s patent.

  • December 20, 2005

    Lipitor Case Proves Strength Of Molecular Patents

    Pfizer's victory in the Lipitor trial may bring a chill to the generic drug industry, which has been increasingly bold in its legal maneuvers in recent years.

  • December 19, 2005

    $213.9M Verdict Upheld In Advanced Medical Optics Case

    A judge has upheld the $213.9 million in damages awarded to Advanced Medical Optics Inc. in its patent infringement suit against Alcon Manufacturing, ruling also that the damages should be trebled and granting AMO attorney’s fees.

  • December 19, 2005

    Telecom Exchange Sues Rival Over Trading Technology

    Electronic telecommunications exchange firm Arbinet-thexchange Inc. sued rival World-Link Telecom Inc. Monday, asserting its patents for electronic trading of telecommunications capacity.

  • December 19, 2005

    Judge Triples Damages To $15.9M In Third Wave Suit

    Molecular diagnostics company Third Wave Technologies has scored another victory in its patent infringement suit against biotech company Stratagene after a judge tripled the damages previously awarded to Third Wave from $5.3 million to $15.9 million.

  • December 19, 2005

    BlackBerry Maker Cheers USPTO Snub Of Patent Foe

    Blackberry maker Research In Motion Ltd. has reason to celebrate after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected claims within yet another patent being asserted by patent holding company NTP Inc.

  • December 16, 2005

    Pfizer Wins Lipitor Patent Challenge

    A collective sigh of relief must have been audible at Pfizer’s headquarters on Friday, after the drug maker successfully fought off a gutsy patent challenge to the world’s best-selling drug.

  • December 16, 2005

    New Suits Fuel Gaming Industry Patent War

    The industry-wide battle over gaming patents continues to heat up, as two more companies have fired off lawsuits asserting patents that, given the growth of the gaming industry, could earn them billions.

  • December 16, 2005

    "iPod Economy" Touches Off Patent Brawls

    Patent infringement lawsuits over digital music device iPod have now roped in companies that manufacture its accessories, with small technology companies hoping to win big off iPod’s market share.

  • December 16, 2005

    Yahoo Settles With Forgent Over JPEG Patent

    Patent holder Forgent Network’s litigation campaign has paid off once again, with Yahoo Inc. settling a patent dispute over ubiquitous JPEG imaging technology.

  • December 16, 2005

    Judge Stays bcgi Injunction In Freedom Wireless Case

    A federal appeals court has granted telecommunications company Boston Communications Group’s emergency motion to stay an injunction that would have shut down its prepaid wireless service and cost the company up to 70% of its revenue.

  • December 21, 2005

    Gibson Dunn Hires Weil Gotshal Litigator To Head Up IP

    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has hired seasoned litigator Josh Krevitt from Weil, Gotshal & Manges to join the firm’s New York office as co-chair of its national intellectual property practice group.

  • December 15, 2005

    Sony, Command Audio Settle 3 Year PVR Patent Battle

    Electronics makers Sony Electronics and Command Audio Corp. have reached a settlement in their three-year battle over the patents for DVR technology, with Sony agreeing to pay royalties for use of Command Audio’s personal video recorder patents.

  • December 15, 2005

    NTP's Chief Lauds Licensing Agreement With Visto

    NTP Inc. has penned yet another licensing agreement with a wireless communications company, adding to the list of companies volunteering cooperation to head off any chance of litigation similar to NTP’s battle with Blackberry maker Research In Motion Inc.

  • December 15, 2005

    J&J Cries Trademark Breach Over Reprocessed Devices

    Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Endo-Surgery has accused a rival of reprocessing its single-use surgical scalpels and reselling them to hospitals without removing the Ethicon service mark, thereby infringing the company’s trademark.

  • December 15, 2005

    Applera & Bio-Rad In Settlement Talks Over PCR

    Embattled Applera Corp. and MJ Research Inc. are in new settlement discussions, seeking to resolve their seven-year-old fight over valuable patents for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) instruments in the life sciences industry.